1996 – 01 Jan Newsletter – GRF

Sections in this issue:

1) Drury Goyne, S. C. Militiaman Served in Revolutionary War (part 4);
2) Dr. N. Brent Kennedy to Lecture On Melungeon Film at Nashville;

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Volume 7, No. 5 January 1996


1)  Drury Goyne, S. C. Militiaman Served in Revolutionary War (part 4)

By Col. Carroll Heard Goyne, Jr.
Editorial Boardmember
10019 Canterbury Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, 71106

Part 4:

Drury Goyne The Drury Going [Newsletter, November 1991] who lived on Broad River in Chester County, South Carolina would appear to be a member of the Goyne family that came from Orange County, North Carolina. He was born in 1749 in Virginia and served in the Revolutionary War in the militia under Col. John Winn.47

Drury Goyne/Going was married to Sarah Baxter. They had as neighbors in Chester County, South Carolina the families of Cook, Lockert [Lockhart] and Love. Some of Drury’s children intermarried with these families. Drury died February 22, 1796, on the wagon road from Charleston, three days from home, and his body was returned to his home for burial.48 Sarah Baxter Going made her will on November 4, 1814. She named daughters Mary and Rebekah [probably daughterÄinÄlaw Rebecca [Lockert] Going, wife of Job]. Son, Thomas B. Going was executor. Son Isaac Going was a witness. Sarah’s will was probated on June 5, 1820 in Chester County.49

Much is known about Drury Going and his progeny, thanks to some preserved letters and bible records. Several cemeteries in South Carolina and Alabama preserve the names of many members of this family. The minutes of Red River Baptist Church in Robertson County, Tennessee and of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church of Franconia, Alabama in Pickens County also preserve information on this family. [Note: In 1906, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church moved to Aliceville, and became First Presbyterian Church of Aliceville. A cemetery and a historical marker are at the original site one mile north of Aliceville.]

Some highlights on this family: Drury’s son Job Going [Newsletter, November 1992] lived where Northport, Alabama stands today. His reported burial site [Robertson Chapel Cemetery] is today within the golf course of a country club. This cemetery is not shown on the current county map published by the Tuscaloosa County Tax Assessor, but with the assistance of a lady in the map room of the Tuscaloosa County Court House, we located the cemetery. It is in the SW/4 of Section 12, Township 21S, Range 1OW. Only one of the older graves [those marked by reddishÄbrown field stones] has a name to identify it: Mary T. Cook, born June 14, 1805, daughter of R. Cook & S. Cook, dec’d May 24 1826. She is the daughter of Robert Cook and Sarah Baxter [Going] Cook. Sarah was the daughter of Drury Going and Sarah [Baxter] Going, of Chester County, South Carolina. After Job’s death, his widow Rebecca [Lockert] Going moved to Pickens County, Alabama. She was a charter member of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church at Franconia. Her land was north of the church site.

The identity of James Goyne of Robertson and Montgomery Counties, Tennessee has been a puzzle. He and his wife Eliza-beth are seen in the minutes of Red River Baptist Church, of Robertson County. This James’ will was filed in Montgomery County and less than a month later registered in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Conclusive proof has been found that this James was the son of Drury Going of Chester County, South Carolina. His wife’s maiden name was Elizabeth Cook. She was the sister of Robert Cook who married Sarah [Baxter] Going, a sister of James Goyne. Elizabeth [Cook] Goyne’s identity has been confirmed in the August 11, 1858 will of her brother, Josiah Cook of Chester District, South Carolina. She was willed $1,000.50 Their three minor children were named
in James’ will. One other, John C, was named in a land transaction with his mother in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Perhaps, the other Goynes in Tuscaloosa County records of the late 1830s and in the 1840s were the children of James and Elizabeth [Cook] Goyne.

At least two of Drury’s children, Isaac Going [Newsletter, March 1992] and Elijah Going, remained in South Carolina and died there. Other of his children moved to Alabama, except for James.

A Drury Going appeared in the records of Greensville County, Virginia during, and immediately after the Revolutionary War. He is not the Drury of Chester County, South Carolina as proved by a record dated March 26, 1795 in Greensville County, Virginia.51 A Drury Going/Goyne appeared in Wilkes County, Georgia tax records in 1796. This Drury is the second son named in the 1816 will of William Goyne of Warren County, Georgia.

Henry Goyne Henry Goyen served 72 days in the South Car-olina Militia in 1782 under Lt. John Hollis. On May 21, 1784 he received pay for his service from Gen. Richard Winn. Henry signed with an “X”.52 Henry Going made his will February 12, 1807 in Fairfield District, South Carolina. He named his four children: Hesekiah, Lewis, Laadice [Lettice?] and Dillard. He signed with an “X”. No executor was named in the will, but John Hall and Daniel Going were appointed administrators. The will was recorded on 20 July 1807.53

No connection can be made with the following, but the name is the same: on July 22, 1764, Henry Going was married to Susannah Ffreeson in Goochland County, Virginia.54 A Henry Going was in the Virginia State Enumerations for 1782. He was residing in Hanover County, Virginia with a total of eight persons listed in his family.55

(To be Continued)

47. Index, Audited Accounts 2924, SC ArchivesÄÄfile not found.
48. Letter of 16 Mar. 1879, from Thomas Baxter Going to a brother. Published in Beadles, Mary M. A Bicentennial History of Eleven Pioneer Families, Baltimore: Gateway Press, Inc, 1974.
49. Apartment 22, Pack 324. Recorded in Will Book H, Folio [9], Chester Co., SC.
50. Will Book Folio 168, recorded in Book 4, pages 348Ä349, Chester Co., SC.
51. Register of Marriage Bonds of Greensville Co, Virginia, 1781Ä1808 as seen in Tyler’s Quarterly, Vol II, 1921.
52. Audited Account 3016, SC Archives.
53. Apartment 16, File 175. Recorded in Will Book 5, page 173, Fairfield Co., SC. A typed copy was obtained from the Genealogy Room, Fairfield Co., SC Museum, Winnsboro.
54. Jones, W. Mac, Ed. The Douglass Register, Richmond, 1928, [Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1966, page 8.) 55. 1782Ä1785 Virginia State Enumerations.

2)  Dr. N. Brent Kennedy to Lecture On Melungeon Film at Nashville

N. Brent Kennedy, Ph.D, author of “The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People,” will address the Foundation Research Conference at Nashville, May 5-6-7. He, Vice-Chancelor of Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia and a Melungeon himself, is founder of the Melungeon Documentary Project. He will present “The Melungeons, America’s Forgotten People,” a new documentary which was filmed in Turkey by Van Der Kloot Film & Television of Atlanta.

Turkish governmental officials were intrigued by the research of Dr. Kennedy and Evelyn McKinley Orr, chairman of the Melungeon Research Team, suggesting a historical connection between the Ottoman Empire and the Melungeons. This interest resulted in a grant by the Turkish government for filming trips to Anatolia last year. Ottoman scholars at the University of Istanbul and Marmara University assisted with research for the film project.

Dr. Kennedy will discuss the hidden Melungeon heritage of hundreds of thousands of Americans as well as evidence relating to the most likely ethnic heritage of these mysterious people. He will also conduct a Melungeon Heritage Tour to Turkey, March 9-17. The itinerary will include Istanbul, the Aegean resort of Cesme, Bursa, Smyrna and Ephesus. Interested parties may contact AAA Travel Agency, Norton, VA [800/671-2220.]

Members of the research committee include: Michael Abram, M.D, Cherokee, NC, Susan Abram, B.A, Cherokee Heritage Museum, Cherokee, NC; Tomas Atencio, Ph.D, University of New Mexico; Khalid Awan, M.D, University of Virginia; Scott Collins, Ed.S, Sneedville, TN; Tom Costa, Ph.D, University of Virginia; Chester DePratter, Ph.D, South Carolina Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology, Columbia, SC;, Robert Elston, Ph.D, Louisiana State University Medical Center; Charles Faulkner, Ph.D, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; G. F. “Nick” Fielder, Ph.D, Tennessee State Archaeologist, Nashville, TN; Eloy Gallegos, M.A, Knoxville; Robert Gilmer, M. D, Abingdon, VA; Jack H. Goins, Rogersville, TN; Amy Hahn, Ph.D, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC; Ahmad Y. El-Hassan, Ph.D, University of Ontario; Benita Howell, Ph.D, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Richard Jantz, Ph.D, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Ruth Johnson, Kingsport, TN; Anouar Majid, Ph.D, University of New Eng-land; Ralph Miner, Jonesville, VA; Joan Kirchman Mitchell, Ph.D, University of Albama; Evelyn McKinley Orr, Chair-man, Melungeon Research Team, Omaha, NE; Horace Rice, Ed.D, Madison Hts, VA; Fernanda Rodrigues, Ph.D, Boston University; Robert Seay, Newport, TN: Sayyid Muhammad Sayyid, Ph.D, Washington, DC; Frederick Taylor, Ph.D, Georgia State University; Nelson Vieira, Ph.D, Brown Uni-versity; George Waters, M.D, Indianapolis, IN; Jack Williams,
B.A, vice-chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Arlee Gowen, B.A, Foundation president.

The Foundation has requested Dr. Kennedy to make his book available for purchase at the Conference.


I would like to enlist your assistance in learning more about James Gowan, my earliest ancestor of this surname. He was a doctor and the sheriff in Metropolis, Illinois and reportedly wealthy. He was married to Lillian Jamison, perhaps as his second wife, and they were the parents of Amy Gowan who was born in 1890. James Gowan [or his son] responded to the gospel call about 1893 and was about to be baptized. When he waded into the river, he stepped into a sinkhole and was never seen again. Does anyone know something of him? Mike Gordon, 190 Old Homestead, Groton, MA, 01450, 508/448-3298.

==Dear Cousins==

A couple of years ago, reports from various individuals, not in the direct descendancy of my g-g-grandparents Pleasant Goin and Isabelle Holton Goin, stating her name as Isabelle Norrell came to my attention. I must correct this misnomer.
We have found no one named Norrell in the East Tennessee census for 1830. However, up the creek from Levi Goin, father of Pleasant Goin, within the family of Wright Holton lived a young woman not more than 20 years of age. This may have been a sister of Wright Holton. The household of Levi Goin shows a young male, 20-30. This should be Pleasant Goin.

There are no known records for the marriage of Pleasant Goin to Isabelle Holton. Sarah Isabelle Johnson, my grandmother, was proud of her heritage and told her grandchildren, to my knowledge as early as 1935, that Pleasant Goin was Holland Dutch, and the family of her grandmother, Isabelle Holton, came from Dublin, Ireland.

Sarah Isabelle Johnson was born in 1870 in Claiborne County, TN. The 1880 census of that county shows Sarah, age 10 years old, living in the 11th Civil District. The same census shows Isabelle Goin living with her son George Goin, just two houses away. It would seem most probable that Isabelle was well known to her granddaughter, Sarah.

Pleasant and Isabelle should have been married in 1831-32 since their first child was born in 1833. We find no one named “Norell” among the males 21 years and over in 1833. There were no males named Norell in the 1839 tax list either.

The father of Pleasant Goin was Levi Goin [old]. The younger brother of Levi Goin is Uriah Goin [old]. The daughter of Uriah Goin, and cousin to Pleasant Goin, is Sarah Alice Goin. She was married to William Dykes, a close neighbor, [see 1830 census.] William and Sarah Alice Goin Dykes had 10 children. The seventh child, a son, was named
“Narrel Dykes.” This suggests that the name “Norrell” came from this branch of the family.

Sarah’s parents moved in 1900 from Claiborne County to Van Zandt County, TX. Her mother, Marline Goin Johnson, died in 1927. Sarah was living in Waukegan, Illinois, so it fell to her youngest sister, Vandalee, to give information for the death certificate. In answer to the question, “what was the maiden name of the deceased’s mother, Vandalee answered, “Evie Narel.” Vandalee was born in 1893 and never knew her grandmother. Had Sarah given that information, she would have said, “Isabelle Holton.” Charlotte I. Russell Green, Box 537, Harper, TX, 78631.

==Dear Cousins==

I was very interested in Carroll Heard Goyne, Jr.’s information on Amos Goyne and would like to add a few items. The Amos Goyne who died in Fairfield County, South Carolina in 1785 was the first husband of one of my maternal greatÄgreatÄgreatÄgreatÄgrandmothers. Amos Goyne, Sr. married Mary Anne Baxter in Fairfield County in 1779.

Their son Amos, Jr. was born there in 1780, and their son Jeremiah Goyne was born there in 1782.

According to family tradition, Amos Sr. was “killed in the field by Tories in 1785.” Later the same year his widow married Dr. John Byrns and the family relocated to Charleston where several Byrns children were born, and Dr. John Byrns died there in a yellow fever epidemic in 1801. About 1805, Mary Anne [Baxter] Goyne Byrns and her children moved to Cairo, Sumner County, Tennessee.

Jeremiah Goyne and his halfbrother, James Byrns were in Robertson County by 1807. Jeremiah married but I have never been able to determine his wife’s name. The minutes of Red River Baptist Church [near the present site of Adams, Tennessee] for September 1816 state that “Brother and Sister J. Goyne were dismissed by letter.” I know nothing of them after that date.

Amos Goyne, Jr. left Sumner County and went to Rapides Parish, Louisiana where he died in 1820. He was a bachelor, and his Byrns relatives fell heir to his estate left in Tennessee. Amos’s halfÄbrother James Byrns was the father of Susan Emily [Byrns] Jackson who was the mother of Julia [Jackson] Morris who was the mother of Henry Wilford Morris who was the father of Julia [Morris] Gowan [my mother]. Amos, Jr. was also the great uncle of Joseph Wellington Byrns who was Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives under FDR. I’d very much like to hear from anyone who knows anything further on Jeremiah or Amos Goyne, Jr. Phillip A. Gowan, 223 Plumnelly Circle, Brentwood, TN 37027.

==Dear Cousins==

I am so happy that Carroll Heard Goyne, Jr. is piecing together the early Going/Goyne family which includes my g-g-g-g-gf Drury Going. I am now in touch with descendants of Emma Porter, sweetheart of Amasa Vernon Going [1827-1864], [Newsletter, September 1993] who was killed in the Battle of Atlanta. He was a grandson of the
Revolutionary Drury Going. They were neighbors in Union Parish, LA as well as Union District, SC. Details later.

Fredrick Tucker, Box 214, Duncan, SC, 29334.

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NOTE:  The above information produced by the Gowen Research Foundation (GRF), and parts of the “Gowen Manuscript” they worked on producing.  It has tons of information – much of it is correct, but be careful, some of it is not correct – so check their sources and logic.  I’ve copied some of their information in the past researching my own family, only to find out there were some clear mistakes.   So be sure to check the information to verify if it is right before citing the source and believing the person who researched it before was 100% correct.  Most of the information I found there seems to be correct, but some is not.

Their website is:  Internet: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~gowenrf

There does not seem to be anyone “manning the ship” at the Gowen Research Foundation, or Gowen Manuscript site any longer, and there is no way to contact anyone about any errors.   The pages themselves don’t have a mechanism to leave a note for others to see any “new information” that you may have that shows when you find info that shows something is wrong, or when something has been verified.

Feel free to leave messages about any new information found, or errors in these pages, or information that has been verified that those who wrote these pages may not have known about.

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